Saturday, March 15, 2014
Comeback 10, Bo Diddley and the Cool Palette
Bo Diddley is crazy, Bo Diddley is sick, Bo Diddley is a lunatic thumps in the studio. Helps to hone the concept this morning. Hard as it is to believe, I'm going to use photo reference today. The image is from a trip to Maine painting along the coast in 2011. At least I was there painting, but the colours in this image I forget since I didn't paint it. Can't wait to be able to get outside to collect reference studies from life. Anyway I decided to use the cool 4 clour palette. So I removed the Cad Orange Fonce and replaced it with Viridian (KAMA) and I decided to use Cremnitz White ground in Safflower that I had RGH make for me. This is beautiful, slow drying, somewhat transparent white - so you use a lot. I can mix blues (from a cobalt to turquoise) and violets using the Viridian. They will be somewhat grey. I get a range of cold greys using Viridian and Alizarin.
Semi Neutrals and Greys Along the Bottom
The subject was dominant blue/violet and yellow. So the palette should work. My concept included putting strokes in place and leaving them to let the viewer know that this is a painting. I spent an hour after setting up the palette and the board etc.
I changed my start back more to massing in. Instead of drawing with the brush I use a big brush and put in the shapes in the right general value. With practice and using a thumbnail to establish the composition and the value shapes this saves a lot of time and lets you paint instead of painting inside the lines. You can see here where I wiped the thick paint off some background shapes. This is contre jour so values are critical. I am continuing to paint dry brush. I paint wet into wet using relatively thick paint then going thicker where the concept dictates.
Kennybunk, 8x10, Oil on Canvas on Board
Interesting what can be done with 4 colours and some greys from the last painting session. I find the greys quite useful since they are already mixed (unique greys). So I am trying to keep mixing up warm and cool greys from each painting session.